One of the major factors that affect workplace productivity and employee motivation is stress.  While stress is commonplace in the office, there are ways you can deal with it so that you remain productive and breeze through your tasks with ease. Here are several ways you can manage stress in the workplace:

Recognize warning signs of stress. When you start your day and see the overwhelming tasks you have to accomplish throughout the day, this triggers the early signs of stress. Starting your day on the wrong foot will affect your productivity, as you become more irritable and depressed. When you feel anxious, fatigue and have trouble concentrating, take a step back and reexamine your workflow. Set task priority, and work on those that need the most urgent attention. You’ll be surprised at how productive and effective you can be when you have a plan of attack for the day.

Reduce stress. Stress is a natural occurrence in the workplace. No matter what you do, it will show up in some shape or form that will affect you.  Before you even get to the office, make sure that things are in order at home, and that you have planned out a schedule of the tasks you need to do after work. These things can greatly reduce stress, as you can concentrate all your time and effort on the tasks at work, without having to worry about anything else. Reward yourself for all the hard work by getting enough sleep. Regular exercise and eating healthy has been proven to be a great stress reliever, so make sure to include it in your daily routine.  Lastly, take the time to unwind and talk to your loved ones about your day, as family members can be a great stress reducer.

Organise. Creating a work – life balance is key in reducing stress.  Make sure to have a plan of the tasks you are going to tackle everyday. Always have time for family, friends, work and most importantly – yourself. Do not rush to the office, make sure you always allocate enough time to travel at a relaxed pace. Also have breaks throughout the day. It is a common misconception that working straight is a sign of determination and persistence, but in reality – you are causing yourself more harm than good. You should have enough time to recover for the next big task you are planning to overcome.

Communicate. Take time to talk to your co – workers to build a light and sociable environment. Also come to terms with yourself by learning your strengths and weaknesses. Doing so will allow you to schedule more time for tasks depending on your skill level. It is also important to have humour in the workplace. A word of caution – make sure that the humour is not directed at someone else’s expense, as this can cause workplace tension and stress. Keeping a light environment will want you to wake up in the morning and work, as you’ll be having a great time in the workplace.

Break bad habits. These bad habits often cause the most stress, as it affects you on a personal level. Start with having a positive attitude as you start your day. Dragging yourself to work unmotivated will cause stress that will affect your productivity. Understand that there are also uncontrollable factors that cause stress – such as an employee attitude, so don’t even try controlling it. Get rid of bad habits that you regress to when stressed – such as smoking, alcohol and the like. Lastly, you have to learn to accept the fact that no task will come out perfect. Do your best, but don’t be too hard on yourself.

Stress cannot be removed from the workplace, but it can be kept at a minimum, allowing people to function productively and efficiently. Start working on the little things, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to breeze through the day.